Paul Hanna Award
Giving Voice to the Female Hero
Felice House, MFA, MS, Texas A&M University
In order for women to be recognized as heroic, women heroes have to be remembered. This talk will explore how female heroes are placed in a visual narrative of heroes. Contextualizing their lives provides a framework to understand the hero in relation to gender.
As an artist, House explores the tension between heroic archetypes and gender. Her most recent series of large-scale paintings, RE•WESTERN, places contemporary women into heroic roles played by movie icons such as John Wayne. By flipping the gender, and retaining the same visual signifiers, the series conveys female heroes and speaks to women’s access to power.
Tribute to Paul Hanna
There will be a tribute to Paul Hanna during the conference banquet by colleagues who knew him personally through his work with TASA and service as Professor and Associate Chairperson at Texas Tech University. Paul D. Hanna, age 84, passed away July 2, 2015 in Lubbock. He was born on July 27, 1930, in Alice, Texas, to Paul D. Hanna, Sr. and Nina Foster Hanna.